Fat Grafting

It almost sounds too good to be true. Harvest unwanted fat from one part of your body and use it to make other areas fuller and more voluptuous. It’s a procedure that’s gained popularity in the past several years  as is also known as fat transfer.  Dr. Jagruti Patel a is experienced in performing fat transfers (also called fat grafting) to improve the appearance of faces and bodies, usually breasts and buttocks.

Am I a Good Candidate for Fat Transfer?

Since some of the fat cells die or are absorbed into the tissue after being transferred, surgeons need to remove enough fat from the donor site to slightly overfill the recipient area. This is not typically a problem for fat transfers to the face, which requires only a small amount of fat. For fat transfer to the body, it is essential that the donor sites contain enough fat for these larger volume transfers.

How does Fat Transfers Work?

Human fat, also known as autologous fat, is harvested from your own body. Using your own fat requires a more extensive procedure than other injectable fillers because you first must undergo liposuction to extract the fat prior to injection. You eliminate the risk of allergic reaction or rejection by the body by using your own fat. You should know that not all of the live fat cells survive when transplanted into a new site. You can expect a fairly high rate of re-absorption. Because of this, your doctor will likely overfill the area being treated. At first you might look abnormal, but it will soon settle and you’ll enjoy a new look. When your doctor extracts this fat via liposuction, it’s possible that there will be more than is needed for one application. Most natural fat can be stored for touch-ups.

How long does the fat last?

Most of the fat that is transferred  to another part of the body lasts for a long time as long as it takes and has a good blood supply. About 60-70 % of the fat that is injected survives after one year. It is expected that a percentage of fat will dies and repeated procedures will be necessary to get the optimal result.

If you’re intrigued, please contact us to learn more about the fat transfer techniques.